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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 09/11/02
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Academic Health Center Participates in Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook

Cincinnati--The University of Cincinnati (UC) Medical Center is one of 250 Ohio organizations that have contributed images of historical documents and artifacts for the Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook, which was officially opened by Hope Taft, First Lady of Ohio, at a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse on March 26. More than a century of Ohio history can be found in the scrapbook, located online at http://www.ohiomemory.org.

The Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook is a project coordinated by the Ohio Historical Society that presents items on the Web, dating from prehistory to 1903, including letters, diaries, historical photographs, clothing, furniture, prehistoric artifacts and government records. The collections document important milestones in history, such as the signing of the Treaty of Greenville and the Wright Brothers' first flight. Other collections, such as prehistoric artifacts, handmade quilts and family letters offer glimpses into the everyday lives of past generations of Ohioans.

"We feel honored to be a part of this unique project," said Billie Broaddus, director of the Cincinnati Medical Heritage Center, where the artifacts reside. "Ohio has had a rich history and a profound impact on innovation in this country. With three colleges established in the 1800s, the Medical Center is proud to be a part of that heritage. This project illuminates Ohio's history with more than 9,000 pages and images and allows the public to view remarkable representations of Ohio history 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

The Medical Center has provided 68 images, with more to come, of items including a portrait of Daniel Drake, founder of the College of Medicine, Drake's diploma dating from 1805, the manuscript of Drake's speech "On the Formation of Professional Character," and Civil War medical drawings by Daniel S. Young.

Visitors to the electronic scrapbook can search for specific information by subject, contributing organization and geographic area. The electronic scrapbook is organized into five categories for easy navigation: Ohio citizenship, economy, people, culture, and environment.

More than 250 organizations submitted their historical treasures to be digitized and included in the online scrapbook. Groups included 29 special archives and libraries, 28 academic archives and libraries, 80 historical societies, 46 museums and 73 public libraries.

"The mission of the Ohio Memory Project is to provide access to the historical treasures of Ohio, bringing together primary sources from all parts of the state," said Ohio Historical Society Executive Director Gary C. Ness. Ohio Memory is loosely based on the Library of Congress' American Memory Project, a long-term digitization project combining that institution's collections with those of other repositories throughout the U.S. The Ohio Historical Society created The African-American Experience in Ohio, 1850 -1920 for the American Memory Project.

While the Ohio Historical Society coordinates Ohio Memory, the project is a collaborative effort involving the support of five other statewide organizations. In 2000, OPLIN, the Ohio Public Library Information Network, awarded $500,000 to the Ohio Historical Society to launch the project. OhioLINK, the library consortium of Ohio's colleges and universities, hosts the online scrapbook on its servers. The Ohio Library Council and INFOhio, the Information Network for Ohio Schools, helped to inform Ohio's librarians and teachers about the project. The Executive Committee of the Ohio Bicentennial Commission recently recommended awarding a $50,000 legacy grant for the Ohio Memory Project. The Society will add collections to the online scrapbook regularly and hopes to secure additional funding so that more historical materials, in particular those created after 1903, can be made available through the Ohio Memory Online Scrapbook.



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